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“Wow, The best cottage in Orkney?”
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Quoy of Houton
Ranked #2 of 7 Orphir B&B and Inns
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“Wow, The best cottage in Orkney?”
Reviewed October 31, 2013

The Old Granary Quoy is a stunning and sympathetic renovation of a pair historic stone barns and is packed full of character, retaining many original features. Luxury furnishings and facilities make this a real 5 star holiday house.

Only a short drive from either Kirkwall or Stromness, The Old Granary Quoy is a great base for exploring the many delights of Orkney.The Cottage retains many of its original features, including lovely stone walls, wooden beams decorated by hops and stone flagged floors.These period features are combined with state of the art facilities such as
underfloor heating, via an air source heat pump, wet rooms and whirl pool baths. Free Wi fi throughout means you can keep in touch with the mainland!

The cottage is furnished to the highest standard with really comfy sofas and armchairs and some nice antique furniture. If you just want to relax by the fire, there is a good selection of books and magazines.

Outside you’ll find a patio area with amazing dry stone walls built by Kevin the owner, a dining table, perfect for enjoying dinner or a drink in the sun. This owners who have very green fingers have a wonderful garden next door which you are welcome to explore.

The friendly owners obviously have flair for design, whether it be in the conversation of these historic barns, the interiors, or in their wonderful garden. Caroline also offers meals to guests staying in the Old Granary while the very creative Kevin can teach you dry stone walling!

This is a large, luxurious and well-equipped holiday house packed full of character and an ideal base for families or groups of friends exploring Orkney.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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CarolineCritchlow, Owner at Quoy of Houton, responded to this review, November 1, 2013
What a lovely way to end the busy season with such a fabulous review. We are both so glad you enjoyed The Old Granary and Kevin has plans for building more dry stone features next year!
Carolines off to cook with Nick Nairn next week so watch out for some innovative additions to the menus...
We hope to see you again when you next venture this far north.
Thank you for taking the time to review our cottages we really do appreciate it!
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Yateley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 2, 2013

We stayed three nights at this wonderful B&B. Caroline and Kevin and Crumbble couldn't have made our stay more enjoyable! We felt like part of the family.
The room is fantastic and so comfortable and breakfast was a treat. Healthy and home-made.
The location is very convenient to the main sites on Orkney.
We both said that next time we travel to Orkney we will only go if we can stay there!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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CarolineCritchlow, Owner at Quoy of Houton, responded to this review, October 12, 2013
So glad you enjoyed your stay with us! It was a genuine pleasure to meet you both and have you in our home. Crumble is well and has just returned from kennels so is especially glad to be back at The Quoy. Good luck with the photography!
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York, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 28, 2013 via mobile

We stayed in Granary Cotrage - Caroline and Kevin made us feel welcome from the minute we arrived to the time we left. They are great hosts and have spent a great deal of effort in making this property a place to spend quality time in. As said elsewhere in other reviews, this is about as good as you get and we felt sorry to leave.

We also had both a evening meal and an afternoon tea during our stay - both of excellent quality and well worth having, at very reasonable cost.

Usually we would hesitate recommending a place to others, we would have no hesitation here. We would all like to thank you for looking after us so well - even our dog made a friend with Crumble!

  • Stayed August 2013
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CarolineCritchlow, Owner at Quoy of Houton, responded to this review, August 29, 2013
Thank you so much for the excellent review! It was lovely to meet you all and your lovely Dad who I hope went home with lots more happy memories.
So glad you enjoyed the food and it was a pleasure to have you, your family and Mojo stay with us... and we very much hope to see you again.
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

The two person self catering cottage 'Puffin Quoy' is a delight. Large spacious and airy the cottage is so well thought out and provides absolutely everything you could need or want. Very comfortable bed with top of the range bedding ensures a great night's sleep. A huge bathroom with whirlpool bath and rain shower proved just the perfect pick me up after a hard day exploring Orkney. There is a lovely patio with views overlooking the harbour where we spent many hours lazily watching boats or birds. It is well situated being between Stromness & Kirkwall for access to all the wonderful adventures Orkney has to offer. The well tended garden, the summerhouse, the lovely hosts, the fantastic views, the home made cake! So many things that all added to the pleasure of our stay, no hesitation in recommending this property, it's simply the best!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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CarolineCritchlow, Owner at Quoy of Houton, responded to this review, August 29, 2013
Sorry about the delay in sending you a big thank you for such a fabulous review! I couldn't remember how to make a response!!!!

Looking forward to seeing you both again in September- I have been perfecting the home made scones...
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

We stayed B&B with Caroline and Kevin. There is only one guest room in the house, although there are attractive self-catering facilities around the courtyard. Our room was well-appointed and charming, with views across the lovely garden to the sea and islands beyond. The en-suite was small but functional. The best bit, however, (apart from the friendliness) was the food; the breakfasts were wonderful, and Caroline appears to source locally anything she doesn't make herself, so the marmalade and jams we spread on her home-made bread came from just down the road. We stayed in for dinner one night and, again, the food was fantastic. Our next visit to the Orkneys will definitely include a stay at the Quoy:-we already have our eye on the self catering.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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CarolineCritchlow, Owner at Quoy of Houton, responded to this review, August 29, 2013
We really appreciate the time you have taken to give us such a super review and we are delighted you enjoyed your stay in our home.
Caroline's been busy making her own marmalade and black currant jam from our own fruit today so we are keeping busy...
Hope to see you again on your next visit!
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Reviewed July 3, 2013

We love Orkney...visited many times BUT always been disappointed with accomodation. 2013 was different! We discovered the Quoy of Houton & Caroline & Kevin. Wow, at last everything you could possibly wish for, want or need for a fantastic holiday all wrapped up in one idyllic place. They have put so much thought & care into every little detail, from welcome packs to dainty hand soaps. Superbly equipped kitchen to lovely comfy beds. Panoramic views to spots of privacy. AND you don't even have to cook your own meals, Caroline will do it for you & extremely well too & the cost is very reasonable. She & Kevin are consumate hosts, never intrusive but always on hand if needed. Her Gardens are worthy of a big mention & Kevin's dry stone walling has to be seen to be believed. If you want the best for a holiday in Orkney try the Quoy at Houton but hurry I know for a fact she's already booking for 2014 because we're going back for 3 weeks this time

Room Tip: The Puffin Quoy was our ' home' for 2 weeks and was perfect for the two of us.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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CarolineCritchlow, Owner at Quoy of Houton, responded to this review, September 1, 2013
We really appreciate all of the great comments about The Puffin Quoy and I think we enjoyed your stay with us as much as you enjoyed the Puffin. We have fond memories of sharing a glass or three of the fizzy stuff with you both and are so glad you're returning next year!!!!
See you in 2014...
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Surrey, North Dakota
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

May 2013: Caroline and Kevin made our stay a memorable one in both the excellent B&B as well as in Puffin. Luxurious comfort and beautiful surroundings made our first trip to Orkney a perfectly relaxing and very enjoyable one. The location is peaceful yet near main sites of interest and a short drive to Stromness. Puffin is fully equipped with extras like a working wood burning stove and wi fi connection as well as everything you need for a week or two, all tastefully done and with great attention to detail. Views from the lounge are just perfect overlooking the bay. Caroline and Kevin made us welcome and we would recommend their accommodations highly, we look forward to returning!

Room Tip: Puffin is great for longer stays and the B&B excellent for shorter visits.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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CarolineCritchlow, Owner at Quoy of Houton, responded to this review, September 1, 2013
It was lovely to meet you both and good to get to know you in the bed and breakfast and then in The Puffin. We appreciate all the good things you have to say about The Quoys and we look forward to seeing you again in the future!
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Property: Quoy of Houton
Address: Orphir, Orphir KW17 2RD, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Orkney Islands > Mainland > Orphir
Amenities:
Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Orphir
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy a luxurious, relaxing stay at this traditional 4 star gold historic farmhouse or 5 star cottages. Situated in beautiful walled gardens (part of Scottish National Garden scheme) with exceptional views overlooking the sea and Hoy hills. This comfortable farmhouse provides an eclectic mix of the old and new.The Quoy provides an idyllic location, where every effort has been made to provide a warm, welcoming relaxing atmosphere, where our visitors can unwind and enjoy the unique Orcadian atmosphere.Delicious breakfasts have just won Taste of Scotland Award and Healthy Eating Award. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Quoy Of Houton Orkney Islands/Orphir

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